The GTPlanet Gear List Thread

Discussion in 'Art & Photography' started by G.T, May 3, 2005.

  1. 35mm

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    Definitely it is, yes.

    It would just make sense if a)you had the money available and b)if it resulted in you not thinking about upgrades for, say, half a decade or more, instead of keeping upgrading this and that.
    (I'm not sure how much the NEX-5N cost you, but if you add that to the $650 of the A6000, you shouldn't be that far from that value.)

    But don't listen to me; I am biased since have a soft spot for the A7. :)
     
  2. Cale

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    The 5N was a gift. It was around $700 with kit lens when I got it. I would feel bad not using more premium glass on the A7.
     
  3. Azuremen

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    Oh, so it did happen? What are your thoughts on it?

    Well, why do you want to upgrade currently in bodies? While the 50% increase in pixels is nice, I'd say that would only merit an upgrade if you are making large prints or frequently finding yourself cropping in extensively.
     
  4. Cale

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    For the faster AF and the fact it has built in flash/view finder. My camera has neither.
     
  5. 35mm

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    To be honest, I was completely blown away. I knew image quality was good, but never this good.

    I'm not one for pixel-peeping, but I can't resist posting this:

    Wide-open shot:
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    100% crop:
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    I think the image speaks for itself in terms of sharpness and contrast. Of course there are lots of other characteristics to be considered, but even things like chromatic aberration and vignetting are quite well controled.

    As far as lenses go, price/quality relation doesn't get much better than this (I payed 180€ for it).

    Oh, and construction quality is OK, too. It's no AI-S, but it's more than enough (although you knew this already).
     
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  6. 35mm

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    The above post serves well to answer this, too.

    You see, when you enter the world of manual focus prime lenses, there's great quality at low prices to be found. Especially with the advantage of being able to use virtually any brand.
     
  7. Cale

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    Just bought a 16mm pancake and Ultra wide converter (for 12mm). We'll see how this goes.
     
  8. WrxScooby

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    Camera: Canon EOS 30D
    Lenses: 17.0-40.0mm 1:4, 60mm Macro 1:2.8, 70.0-300.0mm Telophoto 1:4-5.6, and Stock 28.0-135.0mm.
    Filter: Circular Polarizer, UV Cover, and 8 Star.
    Tripod: Velbon DF-60
    Post Processing done in Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 5, and PhotoMatix.

    *I do like some of my iPhone 4s Pictures so they are included.*


    Samples of 17-40mm
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    Samples of 70.0-300.0mm
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    Samples of Macro
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    Samples of Stock Lens
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  9. CheersMate

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    Here we go:

    [​IMG]

    -Nikon D300 + MB-D10
    -Nikon FG
    -Nikon 50mm 1,8 AiS
    -Nikon 35-105mm 3,5-4,5 AiS
    -Nikon 50mm 1,8 AF-D
    -Nikon 35mm 1,8 AF-S
    -Tamron 17-50mm 2,8 VC
    -Sigma 100-300mm 4

    My favorite lens (by far) is the Sigma 100-300 F4.
    I bought it used in March and it is just a superb lens, especially when you compare the price to a Nikon 300mm F4.
    It is very sharp wide open and performs equally good as a Nikon 300 F4 AF-D.

    Sample pictures:

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    250mm F5 1/200s ISO200

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    210mm F4 1/500s ISO200

    I am currently looking (and saving) for a used 85mm lens.
    The Nikon 1,4 versions are way to expensive, so i am searching for a old 85mm 1,8 AF-D.

    The Samyang 85mm 1,4 is definitely a option i haven´t thought about, thanks @35mm.
    But it only has manual focus....and the DOF is tiny with 85mm and F1,4...
     
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  10. 35mm

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    C'mon, that is not a valid reason not to get a f/1.4 over a f/1.8. ;)

    I can only say good things about the Samyang 85/1.4. I can also say that it will be easier to manual focus than with your Ai-S 50/1.8.

    Nice, clean photos, by the way. :tup:
     
  11. Pupik

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    I'm quite amateur and low-budget at this...

    Current stuff

    Canon EOS Rebel T3
    18-55mm IS-II Kit Lens
    Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
    Tamron 80-210mm f/4.5-5.6 (EF mount) w/lens hood I always forget to use
    Circular polarizers 52mm & 58mm - I forget the brands, the painted lettering rubbed off after about a month
    Some UV filter - I never found a use for these, I only use them if there's going to be debris around or something.
    Velbon tripod - I forget the model number, it's nearly 20 years old, but picked it up new for $5 at a going-out-of-biz sale
    Targus monopod - I'll take this on the road if my carry on luggage has room
    Manfrotto Allegra 10 shoulder bag - meant for a 4/3 mirrorless, but fits all my stuff snugly and slips into a backpack

    Historical stuff on a shelf:

    Canon 300D
    18-55mm kit lens - kind of blurry when cropping

    - Shutter torn after about 75,000 shots, causing light leaks. Loose mirror, too.

    Canon EOS Rebel XS
    35-80mm kit lens f/4.0 (EF) that makes terrible grinding noises when it auto-focuses, but seems to work silently in manual focus.

    - All it needs are batteries and some film...one day.

    Canon AE-1 (manual)
    Canon 55mm f/1.8 FD mount
    Samigon 135mm f/4 FD mount
    Some sort of 2x FD mount magnifier (forget the brand)
    Vivitar adjustable flash (I think it stopped working, tried it about five years ago).
    Canon Speedlite 155A (same deal)
    Colored 55mm filters (blue, green, yellow, orange, red), circular polarizer, some sort of cross-hatched star filter

    - Light leaks galore, bottom loose...conversation piece only. Used it from 1991 to 1996. Gift from my grandfather. Yes, it actually all worked when I first had it...putting it through its paces after 10 years of previous use and then loaning it out wasn't a great idea.

    The Tamron is on its third camera body; I bought it used for about $150 back in 1998. It doesn't focus too well on the T3, seems to either take 10-15 seconds to focus properly (it uses some sort of series of interpolations to arrive at the subject). It was a bit slower on the 300D, and much quicker on the old EOS XS. It's quite sharp and gives decent tones when it focuses properly, yet maddening when it seems to second-guess your shot...which you don't really notice until you look at your images on a computer. Not sure if it's just worn out - there's a bit of slack on the focusing end - or just abused.

    I like the prime lens, but it's difficult to put up with when travelling; I want all sorts of flexibilty when I'm not sure what I'm going to encounter. I do like the sharpness and accuracy it gives back, or as long as I can stand still. And the bokeh on demand is nice at times.

    Edit: 35-80, not 24mm
     
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  12. WrxScooby

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    Got some new toys to play with, I finally upgraded bodies thanks to my birthday!

    Canon EOS 50D and Canon EOS 30D
    Lenses: 17.0-40.0mm 1:4, 60mm Macro 1:2.8, 70.0-300.0mm Telephoto 1:4-5.6, and Stock 28.0-135.0mm.
    Filters: Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Filter, Singh-Ray Galen Rowell ND 2G-HS & 3G-HS, 77mm Circular Polarizer, UV Haze (Sharp Cut), and 8 Star.
    Printer: Epson Artisan 1430 and Cone Color Pro 60ml Ink with refillable cartridges
    Tripod: Bogen 3021 Pro Tripod and Velbon DF-60
    Other: Patch Master 3in1 Trigger
    Bag: Tamrac Pro 12
    (Awesome Pack!)
    Post Processing done in Photoshop CS6, Lightroom 5, and PhotoMatix.

    Quick shot from today with the 17-40 with Vari ND

    Gear
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  13. nobuffalo

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    I've got several new items to update.

    Bodies:
    Nikon D200
    Nikon F100

    Lenses:
    Nikon 20mm 2.8 AF-D
    Nikon 50mm 1.8 AF-D
    Nikon 85mm 1.4 AI-s
    Nikon 180mm 2.8 AI


    Nikon 18-70mm f3.5-f4.5 AF-S
    Sigma 70-300mm f4-f5.6 DL Macro Super
     
  14. 35mm

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    Man, I'm so jealous... I've been looking for one of those (in good condition, for a decent price) for almost a year, until I gave up and went for the Samyang.

    Not that I'm not happy with the Samyang - quite the contrary - but that is quite a piece of gear porn.

    Congrats. :tup:
     
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  15. nobuffalo

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    Don't be, it's already been returned :lol:

    It had some haze and the focus was a bit sticky. I paid 465 for it after tax and to have it repaired was gonna be another 150 or so and I just couldn't justify it. I'm enjoying the 20mm in the meantime until I can hopefully find another.

    Since you looked for a while what would you say is a good price or at least a price you'd pay for one in good condition? Also what do you consider good condition.
     
  16. 35mm

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    Damn, did I jinx it? :lol:

    Seriously, that's too bad. Sorry to hear it. :tdown:

    At the time, my limit was around 300€ - that's be around $400. I know it is possible because I had two "escape" from me for around that price, at a time when I wasn't 100% committed on getting one (one was on ebay.co.uk, the other on a Portuguese forum).
    But I guess $450 or even $500 for a mint one is a fair price.

    As for "good condition", to me, it basically just means "clean glass". No fungus and no deep marks on the glass - especially the rear glass. Small marks/scratches on the front glass is OK, as is small spots of dust inside the lens (this is almost impossible not to have, anyway).
    The blades should be snappy and the focus ring not showing much resistance.
    On the outside, as long as it doesn't look that it has been on a war or something, it's OK. But I understand that's more personal and your opinion can vary.


    Ooooor, forget about it and go for a Samyang for $200. ;)

    Good luck. :tup:
     
  17. Cale

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    If I start selling duuurgs you guys want any? Trying to fund an A7R purchase. XD
     
  18. 35mm

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    Why not go for the normal A7?

    That way you'll only have to sell 2/3 the amount of drugs.
     
  19. nobuffalo

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    Nah, I bought it knowing full well it had haze and that it would need servicing. Just after having it and looking more into prices I decided I'd hold off for a better example at hopefully a lower price.

    The thought has crossed my mind, it's just so hard to not want to get the Nikon, even if the Samyang is a fraction of the price and performs nearly as well or perhaps better. I'm not sure.

    Yesterday I added a used Elinchrom Ranger Quadra light kit to my kit. The kit includes one 400ws pack, battery, charger, two heads with small reflectors, two slightly larger 7 inch reflectors (not pictured) and two adapters to mount larger elinchrom accessories. It was pricey but I got it for a third of what it would cost new.

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  20. Mike Rotch

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    This thread needs some CPR, stat.

    Body
    Sony Alpha A330

    Lenses
    Tamron 11-18mm 4.5-5.6 Di II LD
    Minolta 24mm 2.8
    Sony SAM 35mm 1.8
    Minolta 50mm 1.7
    Helios 44M-1 58mm 2.0 m42 (+ cheapo adaptor)
    Jupiter-9 85mm 2.0 m42 (+ cheap adaptor)
    Minolta 100-200mm 4.5
    Sony SAM 18-55m 3.5-5.6 kit lens

    Now also:
    SMC Takumar 55mm 1.8
    Industar 50-2 50mm/3.5

    3 x Hoya 400ND and 2 x CPL filters (various threads and step-downs)

    $25 Vivitar tripod + shoulder sling

    $5 wireless shutter release remote from fleabay

    3 x batteries, non-OEM off fleabay

    Various lens hoods

    Cheap-ass Caden messenger bag to carry it in
     
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  21. Solo

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    A little gear update for me:

    Bodies:
    Canon AE-1 Programme (film)
    Canon 60D
    Panasonic Lumix G2 (mirrorless)

    Lenses:
    Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 SSC (+ adapter for use on G2)

    Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
    Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
    Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC
    Canon EF 70-200 f/4 L IS

    Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical
    Panasonic 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 ASPH MEGA O.I.S
    Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S

    Film stock:
    3x Kodak Portra 160
    3x Ilford HP5 400
    1x Ilford FP4 125
    1x Kodak Ultramax 400

    Lighting:
    Yonguno 560-II flash
    No plans to buy anything any time soon :lol:.
     
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  22. nobuffalo

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    @Solo That's a pretty good range of lenses you've got there, I know you like working with models and doing some portrait work so do you plan to add any lighting equipment to your kit sometime in the not so soon future?

    Regarding the Nikon 85mm 1.4, I've made a second attempt at getting this lens and hopefully it works out. I took in the 20mm to get it repaired and on the shelf they had a kinda rough 85 1.4 for an unreasonable $450, I talked with the guy a bit and he said a rebuild/repair is included with the price so I took a chance and purchased it. I still may have overpaid a bit when comparing to the prices you quoted but I'm not bothered by it. Unfortunately it will be the better part of a week before they can get it fixed so I have to wait!

    Oh and it comes with a screw on hood which is nice considering this lens is probably a bit more prone to flair than some others. :tup:
     
  23. Solo

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    @casey_2005 oddly I forgot to mention my Yonguno manual flash in that list so will add it in. I tend to work more with natural light than with added lighting with my human work. Tempted to get a proper Canon flash so it syncs with the body but I'm in no rush for it.
     
  24. nobuffalo

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    Right on. I think since I work with photographers that most often use flash and lots of studio stuff I feel like I have to have some kind of lighting kit, I don't use it as much as I should for owning it but it is fun. I've got a few plans for it when the weather warms up.
     
  25. 35mm

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    Awesome.

    If they open it, clean everything inside and replace the sealants (sp?) and lubrificate it (so that everything is buttery smooth), then it was worth the price.

    Congrats! :tup:
     
  26. Azuremen

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    I have an older 430EX I and I'm quite glad I picked it up. Of course, it took me a while to get a handle on how to make photos look decent with it. Balancing ambient light with the flash can yield some pretty awesome results. And I swear you can push the ISO higher than you'd expect with a flash.

    In other news, I pulled the trigger on another Samyang/Rokinon lens, which is the first EF-M mount lens I've bought, the 12mm F/2 NCS. I partly blame @35mm's continued use of his Sigma 20mm, along with the reduced price these lens now have. Been wanting something wider than the 22mm (35mm equivalent) kit lens for the M, and this is the fastest aperture option.

    It showed up today and while reviews had said it was sharp, I wasn't quite expecting how sharp it is. Edge to Edge sharpness even at F/2. The build quality is fairly solid, typical of Samyang lenses, and the focus and aperture rings feel along the lines of the 85mm and fisheye I have from them. Haven't had the time to produce anything terribly interesting with, but I'm quite excited to do some astrophotography with it and street work at night.
     
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  27. 35mm

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    Time for an update*. :mischievous:


    Digital Bodies:
    Sony A7
    Sony NEX-3N

    Film Bodies:
    Nikon FE2
    Canon A-1

    Lenses (Nikon F mount):
    Sigma 20mm f/1.8
    Sigma 50mm f/1.4
    Nikkor AI 20mm f/3.5
    Nikkor AI 35mm f/1.4
    Nikkor AI 55mm f/1.2
    Nikkor AI 135mm f/2.8
    Nikkor Series E 50mm f/1.8
    Samyang AE 85mm f/1.4

    Lenses (Canon FD mount):
    Canon FD 50mm f/1.4
    Canon FD 28mm f/2.8
    Canon FD 70-210mm f/4


    God, this is waaaaaaay more stuff than I can handle. :dopey:

    * includes my wife's camera and the Canon stuff I "inherited" from my father, which I'm now listing since I can now use it on the mirrorless bodies.
     
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  28. Mike Rotch

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    Sony Alpha A330
    Sony NEX6

    Lenses

    A-Mount
    Tamron 11-18mm 4.5-5.6 Di II LD
    Minolta 24mm 2.8
    Sony SAM 35mm 1.8
    Minolta 100-200mm 4.5
    Sony SAM 18-55m 3.5-5.6 kit lens

    M42
    Helios 44M-1 58mm 2.0
    Jupiter-9 85mm 2.0
    SMC Takumar 55mm 1.8
    Industar 50-2 50mm/3.5

    L39
    Industar 69 28mm/2.8

    Misc
    3 x Hoya 400ND and 2 x CPL filters (various threads and step-downs)
    $25 Vivitar tripod + shoulder sling
    $5 wireless shutter release remote
    4 x batteries, non-OEM
    Various lens hoods
    M42-Alpha adapter
    M42-Nex adapter
    L39-Nex adapter
     
  29. Walrus76

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    Olympus OM-D EM-5
    Fuji X100S

    I like the small and capable Oly very much, however at the moment I don't have enough good glass for it. Main lens that I mostly use with it as 'everyday lens' is Lumix 20mm 1.7 (40mm equivalent). The Olympus kit lens is not particularily good, but it has a usable macro capability. The Fuji on the other hand has a truly amazing fixed 35mm 2.0 lens and it certainly looks good too. I must confess, that I bought the Fuji last autumn without any serious consideration, but the price for this new camera was just too tempting: 700€ (earlier it had 1299€ price tag) - the price drop naturally came as the X100s was replaced by new X100T. Now I have a new problem: should I upgrade to OM-D mkII? The problem is that if I buy a new body - I still don't have those lenses for it...
     
  30. 35mm

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    *Ahem*


    Digital Bodies
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    Sony A7
    Sony NEX-3N

    Film Bodies:
    Nikon FE2
    Canon A-1

    Lenses (Nikon F mount):
    Sigma 20mm f/1.8
    Sigma 50mm f/1.4
    Nikkor AI 20mm f/3.5
    Nikkor AI 35mm f/1.4
    Nikkor AI 55mm f/1.2
    Nikkor AI 135mm f/2.8
    Nikkor Series E 50mm f/1.8
    Samyang AE 85mm f/1.4

    Lenses (Canon FD mount):
    Canon FD 50mm f/1.4
    Canon FD 28mm f/2.8
    Canon FD 70-210mm f/4

    Lenses (Leica M mount):
    Voigtländer NOKTON classic 40mm f1.4